Intergovernmental Process

Guest Article #33: Chemicals management and climate change [viewed]

Chemicals are an integral part of the daily life with over 100,000 different substances in use. There is hardly any industry where chemical substances are not implicated and there is no single economic sector where chemicals do not play an important role. While chemicals are a major contributor to national economies, their sound management throughout their lifecycle is essential in order to avoid significant risks to human health and ecosystems along with their associated economic costs. Sound management of chemicals is also critical in order to optimize the operation of chemical and related industries, and to develop sustainable patterns of production.

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UN Experts Participate in Delhi Sustainable Development Summit [viewed]

7 February 2010: Several UN experts participated in the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, titled “Beyond Copenhagen: New Pathways to Sustainable Development,” which was held in New Delhi, India, from 5-7 February 2010, and organized by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

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International Basin Organizations Network Meeting Examines Effects of Climate Change on Hydrological Cycles [viewed]

23 January 2010: The eighth World General Assembly of the International Basin Organizations Network was held in Dakar, Senegal, from 20-23 January 2010, and brought together over 260 water experts from 41 countries to focus on effective management of Africa's 59 trans-frontier river basins and the positive economic benefits of harnessing their waters for hydropower and irrigation.

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Conference on Food Security and Climate Change Releases Declaration Calling for Urgent Action on Dryland Agriculture [viewed]

4 February 2010:  The International Conference on Food Security and Climate Change in Dry Areas, organized by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Ministry of Agriculture of Jordan and others, met from 1-4 February 2010, in Amman, Jordan.

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Event: Climate Change and Implications for Antarctic Management and Governance [viewed]

Norway will host an Antarctic Treaty Meeting of Experts (ATME) on Climate Change and Implications for Antarctic Management and Governance. Agenda items include: key scientific aspects of climate change; key consequences of such change to the Antarctic marine and terrestrial environment; implications of such consequences to management of Antarctic activities; the need for monitoring, scenario planning and risk assessment; and outcomes of the Copenhagen negotiations relevant for the Antarctic.  

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World Economic Forum Addresses Multiple Facets of Climate Change [viewed]

31 January 2010: Climate change was the topic of several of the events held at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which took place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from 27-31 January 2010.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Forest Genetic Resources for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

31 January 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that provides a forum for discussion on forestry issues in Mediterranean countries, has released its second newsletter. This issue focuses on forest genetic resources as a key issue for adaptation of Mediterranean forests to climate change.

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EU Joins the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) [viewed]

26 January 2010: At a ceremony held at International Energy Agency headquarters in Paris, France, the EU acceded to the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC).

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EU Formally Indicates Support for Copenhagen Accord [viewed]

28 January 2010: Through a joint letter to the UNFCCC, the Spanish Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the EU and the European Commission have formally indicated the support of the EU and its 27 member States for the Copenhagen Accord. 

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World Economic Forum Discusses Low-Carbon Economic Growth [viewed]

28 January 2010: The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which is being held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from 27-31 January 2010, under the theme "Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild," features several sessions devoted to exploring climate change and low-carbon economic growth issues.

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